Learn more: Read about the "Honeymoon" phase and the creation of a “disaster community” identity in The Disrupted Mind Part 2: The Crisis Timeline.
Keep communities together
Where possible, affected communities should stay together, in or close to their homes. This allows for the emergence of a ‘disaster community identity’. If possible, evacuation should be avoided.
Hand over the wheel
Communities should be supported to help themselves, taking the responsibility for recovery. They should not be alienated by being portrayed as victims or even villains.
Create rituals and symbols
These help to increase the community’s visibility, pride and connection with its new identity. It also helps to remember it in the future.
Communicate positive new values
Use dynamic normative messaging to share emerging new values like solidarity, altruism or inclusiveness.
Avoid amplifying antisocial behaviour
Even if you are criticising this behaviour, it can feed the frame that it is happening, creating what is known as normative ambivalence.
Communal initiatives and support structures will emerge spontaneously but try to support them to last through the much longer phase of “Disillusionment”.
Defining Moments Tool
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Dynamic Normative Messaging Tool
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Community pantries in the Philippines
In the Philippines after the initial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic local communities started to set up neighbourhood pantries to help those in need. The country-wide phenomenon was started by Patreng Non who set up a simple cart in the community of Maginhawa in Manila. It was quickly replicated all over the country with people self-organising to set up local pantries in their neighbourhoods. Many were surprised by the level of support from other community members, whether it was volunteers from the local neighbourhood donating time or produce, tricycle drivers organising the lines or street cleaners helping tidy up.Learn more ->
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